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Gary Emmett Tuohy, 73, of Grand Rapids passed away on March 29, 2020 at home under the loving care of his family and Kindred Hospice.

He was born on February 21, 1947 in Detroit to the late Emmett Francis Tuohy & Evelyne Mae (Carnell) Tuohy. In addition to his parents; his sister, Gail Sloan, preceded him in death.

Gary was an avid reader, had a lifelong interest in stamp collecting and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Surviving are his children, Heather Willekens and Christopher Tuohy both of South Bend, IN, Bridget Tuohy of Niles, and Katie & Justin Sobecki of Rockford; grandchildren, Taylor Willekens, Jordan Willekens, Breanna Tuohy, Sawyer Shuttleworth, Claire Sobecki, and Evelyn Sobecki; three great-grandchildren; and brother-in law, Richard Sloan.

Instead of flowers, Gary would have appreciated contributions in his memory to The Humane Society of the United States . To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Gary’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, (616) 452-3006, honored providers of Veterans Funeral Care.


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  1. Dawn Young on April 1, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    Dearest family of Gary,
    Gary was one of my supervisors at Notre Dame. He was the most positive and upbeat person, that you could know. He was fair and kind to all. May you have peace of mind, knowing that he will now be pain free and at peace. Until we meet again, is what I live by. Heartfelt sympathy, Dawn Young

  2. Harry Storms on April 1, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    My deepest sympathies go out to Gary’s family and friends. I have know Gary for all of the 18 years I worked at Notre Dame. We often talked about whatever book he was reading at the time and others that he read in the past concerning current events. Gary was a great idea man, with many great ideas concerning work situations. When both of us retired, we would meet about once a month for lunch and we would talk about previous work situations, politics and his family and their activities. I really cherished his friendship through the years and he will be greatly missed.

  3. Heather Willekens on April 2, 2020 at 1:02 am

    Although our lives’ journeys have bid us apart, I am with you, you are with me, always in our hearts.

    Enjoy the journey..

  4. Bird on April 3, 2020 at 11:35 pm

    Dad was an amazing man that had so much to offer to anyone he encountered. He taught me to always attempt to help the downtrodden, underdogs, and those that life seemed to deal a harsh hand to. He believed everyone had potential, and really wanted to work with them to see that their potential was realized. I am proud to express how much I have learned from him, and will continue his legacy to stand up for those less fortunate. It means a lot to read about the way he has touched lives. He was an extremely humble man, but he did touch a lot of lives. I miss you Dad, but feel good knowing you are watching over us all. I will see you again when my time comes Dad—I feel like you will be waiting for me ❤️

  5. Brianne Glon on April 4, 2020 at 11:23 am

    I am sorry for your loss but hope you all are comforted knowing he is free from pain. I will always remember and cherish our Wednesday night dinners at the Nuggett when Bridget, Gary and I all lived in Niles. I pray for all of his friends and family during this difficult time and I wish for Gary to rest in Heaven. Love you guys!

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